Stuyvesant is a peculiar flavor of Upstate New York. Four counties removed from Manhattan, the area has more in common with the flatter regions of the Adirondacks than the Catskills. You could be forgiven for not knowing where it is — it isn’t marked out as a hallmark of cycling culture, nor does it offer up much in the way of institutions. What it does offer is beautiful riding and a location central to Velocio Ambassadors in the East. (Friends flew in from D.C. and parts west to the Albany Airport.) It is also, if the trophy room in the hunting lodge that housed all twenty of us is any indication, a fine place to hunt. We targeted a few days to learn more about each other, our summer collection and the game afoot for Velocio in the months ahead. We captured many pieces of broken glass ( mostly in our tires during the first two hours of riding). From there, we settled in and discovered rolling pavement free from traffic, long rides with just enough challenge to last an entire solstice pedal and a summer camp conviviality. You get to know someone on a long ride. It’s the ropes course of bike experiences.